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Caterham Seven Superlight R 500

(2008 model)

Brief specs of 2008 Caterham Seven Superlight R 500

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1999 cm3 / 122.0 cu in / 122.0 cu in, 196.1 kW / 263.0 hp / 263.0 hp @ 8500 rpm / 8500 rpm / 8500 rpm, 240.0 N·m / 177.0 lb·ft / 177.0 lb·ft @ 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 241 km/h / 150 mph / 150 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)CaterhamIssued from2008
ModelSeven Superlight R 500Issued until
SerieSevenNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerCaterhamCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors0
Bodywork typeroadsterNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3100 mm / 122.0 in / 122.0 inTotal (curb) weight506 kg / 1116 lb / 1116 lb
Width1575 mm / 62.0 in / 62.0 inDry weight
Height800 mm / 31.5 in / 31.5 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2225 mm / 87.6 in / 87.6 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance80 mm / 3.1 in / 3.1 inFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.39  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.07 m2 / 11.5 sq ft / 11.5 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerFordValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore87.5 mm / 3.44 in / 3.44 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke83.1 mm / 3.27 in / 3.27 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.05
Fuel supplyEngine displacement1999 cm3 / 122.0 cu in / 122.0 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity499.75 cm3/cylinder / 30.497 cu in/cylinder / 30.497 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio
SumpMax. output power196.1 kW / 263.0 hp / 263.0 hp at 8500 rpm / 8500 rpm / 8500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque240.0 N·m / 177.0 lb·ft / 177.0 lb·ft at 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)70.9 kW / 95.1 hp / 95.1 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output98.1 kW/l / 2.156 bhp/cu in / 2.156 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque120.1 N·m/l / 1.05 lb·ft/cu in / 1.05 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears6
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed241 km/h / 150 mph / 150 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)2.88 s / 2.88 s / 2.88 sPower-to-weight ratio519.8 kW/ton / 393.8 bhp/ton / 393.8 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rearde Dion axle, Watt's linkage
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Caterham Seven Superlight R 500

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